Recordings of Five Poems are found on the following CD albums: (clear search)
The breadth of repertoire on French Connections showcases Ainsley's range, expansive vocal colour, expressive voice and exceptional understanding of text. Accompanying Ainsley is Malcolm Martineau, to whom Heggie's Friendly Persuasions is dedicated.
The American composer pays homage to Poulenc with four imaginative songs, each of which recreates in miniature a transformative friendship in Poulenc's life. In 2008 Ainsley and Martineau gave the world premiere performance of Friendly Persuasions at Wigmore Hall, London.
The recital also includes three works by Poulenc: Fancy, Bleuet and Tel jour telle nuit, a beautifully conceived and shaped cycle; considered Poulenc's greatest vocal work it is reminiscent of the great cycles of a century earlier such as Winterreise or Dichterliebe.
Despite French heritage and fluency in the language Berkeley's friendship with Britten led him to set verse by the English poet, W.H. Auden instead. His Five Poems are some of the best of their kind; a cohesive and satisfying collection, Berkeley perfectly captures both the fanciful and reflective elements of Auden's poetry.
Auden in turn re-introduced Britten to the works of John Donne, which Britten went on to set in his Holy Sonnets; darkly moving and highly demanding, they are among his finest work. (Synopsis by Linn Records)
Performed by Malcolm Martineau (piano) & John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Features no. 5 of the Five Poems of W H Auden, Carry Her Over the Water
Performed by Ernest Lush (piano) & Thomas Hemsley (baritone)
Another of the 2003 releases from Naxos is a collection of settings of words by WH Auden, recorded by Philip Langridge (tenor), with Steuart Bedford (piano).
Track 32 is the Polka (op. 5/1) played by Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick (2 pianos, 3 hands)
Performed by the Collegium Musicum Londinii, Choir of King's College Cambridge, Dennis Brain (horn), Colin Horsley (piano), Pamela Bowden (contralto), John Minchinton (conductor), Manoug Parikian (violin), Ernest Lush (piano), Thomas Hemsley (baritone), Phyllis Sellick, Cyril Smith, Andrew Davis, David Willcocks (conductor), Christopher Hughes, Stephen Cleobury (conductor) & Thomas Rose
Performed by Janet Baker & Geoffrey Parsons (piano)
Features O lurcher-loving collier (no. 2) from Five Poems by W H Auden
Performed by Felicity Lott (soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)
Performed by Sarah Leonard (soprano) & Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Performed by Steuart Bedford (conductor) & Philip Langridge